Early in 2022 we sought proposals for RAWspace, a great initiative that provides funds, space, technical support and mentoring to Tasmanian artists for the development of new work.
To deliver RAWspace, the Theatre Royal is working with Performing Lines TAS and is supported by City of Hobart. In addition to supporting artists develop their projects and practice, it will diversify the type of work the Theatre Royal presents and the audiences we reach.

From the huge number of innovative and exciting applications, we are very happy to announce the successful RAWspace projects for 2022. 


Created by Robert Jarman

Think ... swagger portraiture from Queen Elizabeth I to Lleyton Hewitt combined with polari, prison slang, 19th Century acting and contemporary drag culture! It's a queer take on the post-invasion history of Tasmania and the imagined life of a very real convict comedian. Swagger: A Present for Alonso Johnson will bring these disparate ideas into a rich and provocative performance from veteran performance maker Robert Jarman and key collaborator Deb Pollard. Seeded at the Performing Lines TAS Tarraleah residency 2019.

Created by Julia Drouhin and Anand Kumar

ART Wash is a performance artwork based on the principle of fast food reimagined as car-based ‘fast art’ by Anand Kumar and Julia Drouhin. ART Wash was seeded at Tarraleah Residency 2021, supported by Performing Lines TAS and selected for development through a residency at  Moonah Arts Centre in 2022.

Created by Rose Ottavi 

Clusterf*ck is an autobiographical, one-woman show, written as a recount of the worst decade of my life. It is a story about home, survival, motherhood, love, identity, belonging, grief, loss and being human told through the events of business ventures and near-bankruptcy, separation and single motherhood, a life-saving alter-ego, the death of a parent, surviving a brain tumor, COVID and coming out. Seeded at the Performing Lines TAS Tarraleah residency 2021. 

Created by ROOKE

WILDS - An exploration of the fragility and strength of humans and the earth we live on. Earth-covered bodies connect in a gritty take on acrobatics. All life came from the earth, and eventually returns to it. In our ascension from primordial sludge to one of the most complex organisms in the known universe humanity seems to have forgotten its connection to the soil beneath our feet - in Wilds we get our feet dirty and explore that connection, finding an earthy, organic, raw approach to circus and human movement.



Supporting the development of new creative ideas and projects


RAWspace is a program aimed at supporting Tasmanian artists to develop new work. It will diversify the type of work the Theatre Royal presents and the audiences we reach.

Theatre Royal seeks to support projects that will engage audiences or the general public through live performance or performance installation, working in any art form. Proposed projects may have an intended outcome in a venue, site, or digital platform. Works can be at any stage of development and, while an outcome is expected at the end of the program, this could take the form of a research sharing, work in progress showing, or public performance.


  • Funding of up to $5,000 per project
  • Development & presentation space
  • Access to mentors and industry professionals
  • An opportunity to present a work-in-progress showing, or a public performance


For full details on the program, eligibility, and how to make an application, please download the RAWspace Call for Proposals document.

Download the RAWspace Budget Template


We encourage proposals from artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, people with disability, and LGBTQAI+ artists.

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